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Panama's Most Influential Foreigners - An Article By Matt Landau

Feedback By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Anyone serving in the US military knows they can't give you a bonus for hard work or professional success like private companies do in the real world, so instead they hand out "trinkets" - officially known as "awards and decorations" in the Air Force. Military personnel are recognized during award ceremonies all the time, and you tend to get accustomed to the recognition for hard work, especially when that's all there is sometimes. After a 20 year military career I ended up with a "salad bar" that would make a Sizzler's proud. But things are different in the civilian world after the military, and especially so here in Panama. I get the occasional positive feed back via email and that's nice, but any sort of official recognition for hard work generally comes few and far between. So, I was surprised and honored to appear in Matt Landau's recently published article "Panama's Most Influential Foreigners". Here's the section of the article about me;

    Name: Don Winner

    Age: 50

    Title: Owner, Panama-Guide.com

    Whether tracking down serial killers, translating local news articles, investigating mysterious diseases, or simply promoting beach mixers, Don Winner is the undisputed king of influence when it comes to foreigner-related current events in Panama.

    Assigned to Panama in 1987 while serving in the US Air Force, Don decided to stay after retiring in 2000, working for several years as a contractor. When his contract ran out in July 2005, he started the Panama-Guide.com website to provide timely and accurate news and information in support of the English speaking community of expats in Panama. Apart from homerun cameos on most major news stations in the US, Donís bread and butter is connecting expats with things they should know about in a foreign land.

    Boasting visitor numbers that reach upwards of 6 million, Donís brainchild the Panama-Guide is a constantly updated feed of news and analyses from the foreigner perspective. His unabashed style has earned him a loyal following (and not to mention, plenty of enemies) so his influence is unrivaled when it comes to disseminating information or rooting for a particular cause.

    Whether in business or retired, foreigners in Panama inevitably want Don Winnerís advice. In turn, this makes his opinion wielding as influential as they come.

The "Undisputed King of Influence" - Sort of catchy, eh? That exploding sound you just heard was my head. WTF Matt, trying to give me a cramp or something? So here's you patting me on the back, and me using your patting to pat myself, so does that qualify as a "reach around?" (Just checking). Anyhoo, the assholes who consider themselves to be my enemies have all earned it, and I wear them like badges of honor. The killers who are in prison don't like me very much either, but I still celebrate their demise. And I promise to use my "undisputed king of influence" powers only for good. Maybe I should get a cape or something ... but I refuse to wear my underwear on the outside of my pants. It's not happening. Please see Matt's article to read about and celebrate the accomplishments of the other well deserving expats on his list - Trey Bohn, Lief Simon, Kimberly Hall, Lee Zeltzer,Kelly Berube de Caro, Jacob Ehrler, David Harmatz, Daniel Smetana, Daniel Saxe and David Henesy.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Panama\'s Most Influential Foreigners - An Article By Matt Landau
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 20 2012 @ 09:31 AM EDT

well deserved

cheers

Panama\'s Most Influential Foreigners - An Article By Matt Landau
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 20 2012 @ 03:27 PM EDT

Congratulations, keep up the good work!

Panama\'s Most Influential Foreigners - An Article By Matt Landau
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, June 21 2012 @ 04:48 PM EDT

Mr. Winner I think you are great. Yes, as a spouse of the Retired Navy man and the daughter of an AF man, I understand the differs in the real civilian world to the military life. I loved it and now go every day into your Panama-Guide. I love it. As I am half panamanian and have family down there, I get to read what is happening. Thank you so much and it gives me things to talk about when I call down to Panama..
Keep it up. Who knows I too want to move to back to Panama and may need advice from you.